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Moses_Scurry
05-16-2002, 04:02 PM
www.washtimes.com/sports/20020424-71647378.htm (http://www.washtimes.com/sports/20020424-71647378.htm)

Pretty good except the part where they slam Comiskey big time.

cheeses_h_rice
05-16-2002, 04:14 PM
Worse than the wild 'n' woolly Vet. Worse than crumbling, smelly Shea. Worse than Montreal's cavernous Stade Olympique. In the pantheon of crummy major league ballparks, Chicago's New Comiskey Park reigns supreme. The reason? What might have been. Only a decade old, New Comiskey was built just before the current flood of cuddly retro parks. Oops. A charmless concrete monstrosity to rival the multipurpose stadiums of the 1970s, New Comiskey is located in a lousy part of the city, has a vertigo-inducing upper deck and sports a lovely view of the nation's meanest housing projects. Camden Yards, it isn't.

This sounds like someone who's never, ever set foot in Comiskey Park nor taken a step anywhere near the ballpark.

Worse than the Vet and Olympic Stadium? Please.

Sounds like it was written by a Flub fan who hasn't ventured south of Fullerton Ave.

It's trash, just ignore it.

hold2dibber
05-16-2002, 04:26 PM
Originally posted by cheeses_h_rice


This sounds like someone who's never, ever set foot in Comiskey Park nor taken a step anywhere near the ballpark.

Worse than the Vet and Olympic Stadium? Please.

Sounds like it was written by a Flub fan who hasn't ventured south of Fullerton Ave.

It's trash, just ignore it.

You're right, it is ridiculous to suggest that Comiskey is worse than the Vet or Olympic Stadium (or the Hump Dome, for that matter). It actually is a decent park in terms of viewing a baseball game, particularly in the lower deck and the first 10 rows of the upper deck. HOWEVER, everything else he says is absolutely true. And the reason Comiskey is/was such a disaster is not because it is so bad, but because it could have been so great. The Sox had a wonderful opportunity to do something special (as the Orioles, Rockies, Giants, Pirates, etc. have done), and every single Sox fan I talked to at the time knew it, but the team frigged it up horribly. I was at Camden Yards last week for the first time, and the difference between the two is immense (although the upper deck there is nearly as steep as that in Comiskey) - Camden is beautiful and cozy and oozes baseball. Comiskey is none of those things, but surely could have been.

charlie browned
05-16-2002, 04:28 PM
Disco Demolition Night
The only real rival to 10-Cent Beer Night and, perhaps not coincidentally, a product of the same decade. Held by the Chicago White Sox in the summer of 1979, the promotion allowed fans to exchange their disco records for 98-cent tickets. Some 80,000 Bee Gees-detesting fans showed up 20,000 of them outside the ballpark and when the resulting mountain of vinyl was detonated in the outfield between games of a doubleheader, a wild riot ensued. The field was shredded. The Sox were forced to forfeit their second game against the Detroit Tigers. And thirty-seven fans were arrested. Other than that, it was a remarkably quiet evening.

The author includes this as well.
I agree--he sounds like a pompous snot, but he's right about this one.

Mathew
05-16-2002, 04:52 PM
It's remarkable that the White Sox are responsible for 3 of the 50!

NUCatsFan
05-16-2002, 05:07 PM
Originally posted by Mathew
It's remarkable that the White Sox are responsible for 3 of the 50!

Chicago is mentioned a number of times (Jerry Krause, MJ's foray into baseball, the Sox and their shorts uniform) Not a single word about the laughing stock of baseball, though? The Cubs aren't even talked about?

While he makes his points, though (Prevent Defense, NBA Legends game, The Baha Men, "Kazaam"), there are just too many that he messed up on (Fantasy sports, sideline reporters)